The Philadelphia Eagles began the season at full throttle, coming right out of the gate and putting up a lot of points, running a high tempo offense, and causing turnovers on the defensive side of the ball. It lasted for one half of football and hasn’t been consistently found since. If the Eagles and Chip Kelly plan on keeping up with the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning on Sunday afternoon, they need to find the pedal again and get off to a quick start.
The matchup consisting of the two highest ranked offenses in the NFL could be a high scoring affair, or could end up being a blowout if Philadelphia can’t protect the ball and consistently produce on offense.
The Broncos lead the league in pretty much every offensive category except rushing, which the Eagles lead. Through three weeks, the Broncos have looked unstoppable, with Manning choosing receivers at will, scoring touchdowns and eating up yardage against one defense after another. Although they lack a bit in the running game, his multi-faceted aerial arsenal, probably the best and deepest in the league, has helped make it look easy. Against a below-average Eagles defense, one has to wonder just how easy a walk in the park Manning will have.
In comparison, the Eagles offense has looked lethal at times, running the ball at will behind a renovated offensive line, handing the ball to the best running back in the league, LeSean McCoy. As another option, Michael Vick’s shotgun arm has continued to be able to find the deep ball, normally to DeSean Jackson. But, consistency has been difficult to come by and putting up points for an entire game has yet to happen. Kelly will need to enter Mile High with a game plan that will include quick hits and a bevy of options to both score and protect the ball.
At their best, Philadelphia is built to put up points with the best of them, and meeting Manning on Sunday, they’ll have to if they expect to be in the game with a chance to win.